Who Needs Bunion Surgery?

Bunion Surgery is a costly and painful process that is only required for the most extreme cases of Bunions or Hallux Valgus. Most moderate to severe bunions can be effectively treated with a Bunion Treatment Splint or Mid-Foot Brace.

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Most bunion surgeries are performed under local anesthesia, at a hospital or out-patient surgical center. An anesthesiologist sedates the patient so that he sleeps lightly during the surgery. Before the surgery, questions about your procedure and recovery period will be presented to you in detail. All questions you may have will be answered to your satisfaction by your doctor. The actual surgery involves dissecting the foot through a process that requires months of healing and rehabilitation.

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How Can I avoid Bunion Surgery?

What can you do to prevent bunions? Prevention is only possible if the bunion is diagnosed early and conservative treatment (with a functional orthotic device) is started before a major deformity occurs. Since bunion deformities are progressive (they get worse as time goes on) early control of the deforming forces is crucial. Many moderate to severe bunions can be effectively treated with orthotic bunion splints such as the Bunion Aid Treatment Splint or the Bunion Aid Medial Mid-Foot Brace. It is important to treat your bunions as soon as they are detected because once there is a significant distortion of the joints, costly surgical treatment is required.

    What can you do if you already have bunions? There are several treatment alternatives:
  • Wear wider shoes and restrict activities that cause pain ( not a recommended course of action since, if left untreated, the bunion will continue to develop.)
  • Control early bunions (with minimal deformity) with functional orthotic devices that improve stability, reduce abnormal compensations and eliminate joint pain.
  • In advanced bunions ( with marked joint deformity), surgery is usually indicated.

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What are the Pros & Cons of Bunion Surgery?

Bunion Surgery is only meant for the most extreme cases. For people with extreme hallux valgus and bunions surgery can be their only option. For people with moderate to severe bunions however, bunion surgery is usually not worth the cost, pain, time from work and strong chance that the surgery will not be a total success.

Most bunion surgeries are performed under local anesthesia, at a hospital or out-patient surgical center. An anesthesiologist sedates the patient so that he sleeps lightly during the surgery. Before the surgery, questions about your procedure and recovery period will be presented to you in detail. All questions you may have will be answered to your satisfaction by your doctor. The actual surgery involves dissecting the foot through a process that requires months of healing and rehabilitation.

Rarely, the bunion can simply be shaved off, but usually the surgical treatment of a bunion is more extensive-otherwise the bunion will simply return over time. Bunion surgery involves breaking the toe bone (metatarsal) to correct the alignment. There is also a tightening of the ligaments on the outside of the toe, and a release of the ligaments on the inside, so the tension on the ligaments points the toe in the proper direction.

The major drawback to bunion surgery is that you will have pain in the foot, and probably not be completely healed for about three months. The most common complication of bunion surgery is a recurrence of the bunion months or years later.

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